Washington D.C.—A capitol revival

This article was excerpted from The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Washington DC.

Formerly known for its seedy street life and muggy climate, Washington DC has undergone a major transformation, with slick new condos appearing on once desolate street corners, and brick-walled wine bars replacing boarded-up storefronts. In addition to the civic monuments and world-class museums, the capitol is also loaded with top-rate farmers’ markets, modern American restaurants, like chef Ris Lacoste’s Ris, and a thriving nightlife. For example, while much of the H Street neighborhood (aka the Atlas district), was burned to the ground during the 1968 riots, it’s now is a major nightlife destination, with DJ-driven bars, like Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar and killer restaurants.

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Jefferson Hotel bar. Quill, the piano bar at this boutique downtown hotel, is a great place to meet up for a coffee or cocktail. 1200 16th St. N.W., jeffersondc.com

Toki Underground. Try the Toki classic at this tiny ramen bar in the H Street Corridor. 1234 H St. N.E., tokiunderground.com

Union Market. All of the vendors in this incredible local food market serve top grade food, from oysters to cheeses. 1309 5th St. N.E., unionmarketdc.com

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Paul Maison de Qualité. Amazing French brasserie. 1000 Connecticut Ave. N.W. , 202.524.4860

The Bombay Club. Serves the best food in town, with impeccable service and very comfortable seating. 815 Connecticut Ave. N.W., bombayclubdc.com

14th Street. A very trendy area to go out in. Try the Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, a great little spot with an unusual scene filled with beautiful people. 1612 14th St. N.W., pearldivedc.com

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National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Házy Center. The annex to the world-famous Smithsonian Air and Space Museum has terrific aviation artifacts, including the Discovery space shuttle, as well as an observation tower where kids can watch planes take off and land at Dulles. 14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, Va., airandspace.si.edu

The Phillips Collection. See Renoir’s “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” Rothko abstracts and work from Jacob Lawrence’s “Migration Series.” 1600 21st St. N.W., phillipscollection.org

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